Homeowners near a planned takeaway have hailed a community effort to block the proposals – with the Express thanked for playing a key role.
Residents living close to Headroomgate Road shops in St Annes praised the paper for notifying them of plans to build the eaterie in January at the former St Annes Wines off-licence.
After reading the story in the Express, more than 25 residents rallied to block the scheme, which included opening hours from 11am to 2am.
Kate Wirtz, who lives next door to the planned takeaway said: “A friend of mine had seen the story and told me.
“The council did not notify us. I want to say a big thank-you for whoever wrote the story, as it helped us in blocking the scheme.”
After reading about the plans, Kate, along with neighbour Steve Withnall, contacted more than 20 homes in the area to count on their support in stopping the scheme.
A community meeting was called at the home of Fylde Coun Karen Henshaw, who lives opposite the off-licence, with more than 25 people turning up to voice their anger at the plans for the former alcohol store.
Coun Henshaw said: “Kate got in touch with me after reading the story.
“Had it not been for the paper she would never have known.
“At the meeting we had 25 people there. As far as I know at least 30 letters of objection were sent to the council.
“It was a really big community effort.
“Myself and Kate went around all the takeaways in St Annes and found just two opened beyond midnight. We were very concerned about late-night crime.”
Planners rejected the scheme earlier this month, with concerns raised about noise pollution in the area.